So today I did something I’ve never done, buy tampons before I actually started my period. I mean who actually prepares for their time of the month? This must be what adulting feels like. But don’t worry, this isn’t a lame story about how I went to Walgreens (mainly because I hate leaving my house), I bought these babies online. Thanks to Sustain Natural I now have a 2 month supply of NATURAL tampons shipped to my door. (This post is not sponsored, but call me Sustain Natural!)
The conversation about natural period product has been going on in my mind for a while. Ingrid Nelson, a famous YouTuber, once made a video about it and not too long ago Enlightened-ish Podcast mentioned them. There are plenty of options out there: Diva Cup, THINX panties, theres a ring out there that catches the goodness that is apparently good for sex, some troopers use sea sponges in the same way we use tampons. I have tried the Diva Cup and I just can’t get it to work, though I gave up after two tries because I don’t like the pressure of maybe having red all the way down my yoga pants. Since I am trying to cut the toxins out of my body and not the best cup inserter/not brave enough to use sea sponges, I am trying out the natural tampons. I’ll keep you updated on the experience but for now I am pretty excited.
So what is all the fuss about and why do we need to change the way we think about period products? “Products such as tampons and sanitary pads have been accused of being composed of things such as dioxin, furan, and more, many of which are known carcinogens (including those two I just mentioned). Most tampons are made of non-organic cotton and rayon. There can be lots of chemicals. The issue with a lot of menstrual care products that contain various synthetic fibers, additives, and chemicals as noted above is that, cumulatively, they may pose increased risks to women, such as cancer.” Says OBGYN and THINX partner Angela Jones. Did you know women use an average of 16,000 tampons in our lifetime. Yes, thats thousands. And out of all these tampons companies not one is required by law to to tell the consumer what is inside the products. Your vagina is one of the highest absorption areas in the body. It can even transfer things to your blood system without even metabolizing them first! Who wants these hidden chemicals, fragrances, and toxins being soaked up 16,000 times? Not me. If saving our bodies aren’t enough to convince you to make the switch then how about saving the planet. Sustainability is becoming a fad but most natural period product companies are in it for the long haul. Sustain Natural for example uses all natural cotton, are a certified B-Corporation—a legal standard that ensures the business interests of investors are balanced with the interests of the environment, as well as employees, and customers, doesn’t test on animals, and has a Made Safe Certification which isn’t easy to get. Check out more at Elite Daily, Sustain Natural, and Yogi Approved.